Divine Covenant - Science and Concepts of Natural Law in the Qur’an and Islamic Disciplines - Ulrika Mårtensson

Divine Covenant - Science and Concepts of Natural Law in the Qur’an and Islamic Disciplines - Ulrika Mårtensson

The Writing of History and the ‘Religious Other’

Divine Covenant - Science and Concepts of Natural Law in the Qur’an and Islamic Disciplines - Ulrika Mårtensson

Ulrika Mårtensson [+-]
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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Ulrika Mårtensson is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She researches early Islamic history and historiography, focusing on how religious symbols express social contract theories and legal-economic issues. She is also doing research on the Qur'an, employing both historical and exegetical-legal perspectives and comparing early Islamic approaches to the Qur'an with contemporary research. Other research interests concern Islam as it is developing in the institutional contexts and public spheres of the Nordic welfare states; and 'political Islam'.

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Chapter 1 describes Michel de Certeau’s discourse theory and analytical method, which provides the methodology for my study. In brief, his method implies analysing scholarly discourses with reference to the specific societal institutional order and practices of the society in case. I also discuss de Certeau’s work with reference to general epistemic debates about scientific knowledge, historiography and modern nation-states, and related debates within Religious studies concerning the concept ‘religion’. This refers to the problem I raised above, of how to understand the significance of ‘religious’ aspects of the Islamic disciplines, such as the concept of the divine, of creation, covenant, prophecy, and divinely mediated ‘writing’, and how these can be understood in relation to scientific knowledge and observation.

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Mårtensson, Ulrika. The Writing of History and the ‘Religious Other’. Divine Covenant - Science and Concepts of Natural Law in the Qur’an and Islamic Disciplines. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 11-30 Jun 2022. ISBN 9781781791714. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23805. Date accessed: 30 Jan 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23805. Jun 2022

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